Major code BF5165
(Interview, writing samples, and letter of recommendation from Fundamentals of Playwriting instructor required at the end of freshman year for admission.)
The B.F.A. in playwriting is designed as an intensive introduction to the art of dramatic writing for the stage. Study in this major focuses on dramatic structure, its relationship to literature, and how the spoken word functions on the stage and in performance. Students accepted into the B.F.A. playwriting program must complete a wide range of courses in addition to the theater core and a series of playwriting courses. The additional required courses include acting, art history, literature, and courses in other disciplines, specifically English.
At the end of your freshman year, you must interview and present writing samples and a letter of recommendation from the Fundamentals of Playwriting instructor for acceptance into the program. Your work will be reviewed at the end of your sophomore and junior years. Students must demonstrate significant progress in the development of dramatic writing skills for continued success in the program.
During the first two years, you should complete much of the theater core and general education requirements. In consultation with your advisor, you may also enroll in 200- and 300-level English courses that focus upon writers and literature related to your area of interest.